Zapata County may have the best bass lake in the U.S. but Laredo is still the #1 inland port. How does the average Laredoan know this?? Truck traffic jams everywhere. Ugh.
Reader Mildred sent in the following photo with a note stating:
Accident waiting to happen! Wth?! I think this Distribution company needs another location.
Good point, Mildred – just one careless driver and several trucks and the roadway get affected. So what is in all those trucks? Car parts, doodads and… apparently also FORBIDDEN FRUIT. From Customs:
CBP Agriculture Specialists at Laredo Port of Entry Seize over 1,700 Pieces of Prohibited Fruit, $1,000 Penalty Assessed
LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at the Laredo Port of Entry on Tuesday seized more than 1,700 pieces of prohibited fruit and other items from a single traveler.
The seizure occurred on April 23, 2012 during a routine examination at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2005 Ford Econoline van driven by a 46-year-old male resident of Lakeland, Fla. for a secondary examination. A CBP agriculture specialist conducted an intensive examination of the conveyance and discovered commercial quantities of prohibited fruits, including: 1,550 mangos, 100 guavas, 39 mamey sapotes, 27 passion fruits, two kilograms of hog plums, half a kilogram of pork skins and half a kilogram of red rice. A CBP agriculture specialist issued a $1,000 penalty for failure to declare prohibited agricultural products and seized the prohibited agricultural items.
A CBP agriculture specialist also discovered fruit fly larvae in the mangos, guavas and mamey sapotes. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant pathologist positively identified the larvae as Anastrepha sp.
“Our frontline agriculture specialists did a fantastic job and seized a commercial amount of prohibited fruit coming through the passenger vehicles lanes,” said Sidney Aki, CBP Port Director, Laredo. “The discovery of fruit fly larvae underscores the importance of CBP’s agricultural mission and protecting American agriculture from pests not known to exist in the U.S.”
Ok, ok, forbidden fruit is not the same thing as prohibited fruit with fruit flies. Not an single apple was in the batch but that sure is a lot of fruit to be rejected. I am guessing, just guessing, the company was fined, the fruit sprayed and it is now on its way to your local tienda de comida. Just a tad bit more ripe from the delay, but better than being tossed away. If I am wrong, let me know.
UPDATE: A Customs representative responded to my request for info yesterday. The response was, “No viste cuando los echamos al rio? Estaban rete… GUACATELAS!” Ok, that was my response, he didn’t say that at all. He said in his very proper Customs way, “The fruit gets destroyed. The fruit had many fruit fly larvae, it was a big risk to U.S. Agriculture.”